Sky­dive is scarier than my can­cer

Southport Visiter - - Front Page - BY JAMIE LOPEZ jamie.lopez@reach­plc.com @jamie_lopez1

ASOUTHPORT stu­dent who was di­ag­nosed with can­cer when he was 17 said he was more scared of a planned char­ity sky­dive than of bat­tling the ill­ness.

Gerry Moran, 18, was di­ag­nosed with tes­tic­u­lar can­cer weeks after find­ing a lump while on a fam­ily hol­i­day in Por­tu­gal.

He has since un­der­gone two op­er­a­tions and weeks of chemo­ther­apy but said the worst thing he ex­pe­ri­enced was see­ing his loved ones feel­ing up­set and wor­ried.

This week­end he is tak­ing on a dar­ing sky­dive in Lan­cas­ter to raise money for the Teenage Can­cer Trust as thanks for the sup­port it gave dur­ing his can­cer bat­tle.

Gerry, who is study­ing physics, chem­istry, and maths at KGV Col­lege in South­port and also works at the Tesco su­per­store in Kew, said he was “ter­ri­fied” of heights but wanted a gen­uine chal­lenge to make the fundrais­ing worth­while.

He added: “I just wanted to face my fears. I wanted it to be a chal­lenge be­cause if it wasn’t a chal­lenge then it wouldn’t be worth it.”

Gerry said: “Last Septem­ber I was di­ag­nosed with tes­tic­u­lar can­cer and had to go through surgery and chemo­ther­apy treat­ment. While I was in hos­pi­tal, the Teenage Can­cer Trust re­ally helped me.

“Hav­ing gone through that, you re­ally see where the money goes, not one penny is wasted.

“De­spite what I went through, you see peo­ple who are go­ing through so much worse and I just thought that I’d do what­ever I could to help them and to give some­thing back.’’

The sky­dive will take place this Satur­day, Septem­ber 29 – about one year after Gerry was orig­i­nally di­ag­nosed.

De­spite be­ing told he had can­cer at such a young age, he said: “I just took it on the chin and thought ‘it is what it is’. I couldn’t worry be­cause I couldn’t change it.

“For me, it was more see­ing the faces of other peo­ple get­ting up­set that was dif­fi­cult.”

Gerry had orig­i­nally found a lump in Au­gust 2017 while was on hol­i­day and de­cided and de­cided to see his doc­tor when he got back.

He was told it was most likely a cyst, but was re­ferred to have a scan to make sure.

A day after the scan, the for­mer Birk­dale High School pupil was given his di­ag­no­sis.

After his first surgery, he un­der­went weeks of chemo­ther­apy be­fore a sec­ond op­er­a­tion was re­quired to cut his stom­ach open to see if the can­cer had spread to his lymph nodes. Thank­fully, it had not spread and he was able to fin­ish his treat­ment.

“You hear the word can­cer and your heart kind of drops a bit but after a while you come to terms with it,” Gerry said.

“With tes­tic­u­lar can­cer, it’s more than 90% that you’re go­ing to be fine so I was never too wor­ried. I thought that ev­ery­one has their kind of blips in life and for me, this is my blip and it’s come kind of early.

“You see peo­ple in a much worse sit­u­a­tion and they’re happy and it does make you think, as corny as it sounds, about what’s re­ally im­por­tant in life.”

As well as look­ing to help oth­ers by fundrais­ing, Gerry has a strong mes­sage for those who fear they may be ill but aren’t sure or don’t want to go through med­i­cal checks.

“Young peo­ple don’t want to go to doc­tors and I think the over­all cause is so­cial me­dia and peo­ple not want­ing to be seen as hav­ing any­thing wrong and that’s a prob­lem.

“If you got a lump, don’t hes­i­tate to go to a doc­tor be­cause you could be sav­ing your own life.”

To sup­port Gerry’s fundrais­ing, visit: just­giv­ing.com/fundrais­ing/gerry-moran-sky­dive

Gerry Moran was di­ag­nosed with tes­tic­u­lar can­cer aged 17

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